Google to Sell Stock Android, Bootloader-Unlocked Galaxy S 4

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One of the last Google I/O rumors to arrive before things got started was word of a Nexus-like version of the Galaxy S 4, the GS4 Google Edition. We’ve been lowering our expectations when it comes to Google I/O device announcements this year, but this one actually ended up happening, with Google announcing the phone today.

This GS4 runs stock Android, just like the Nexus 4. Updates will come from Google, quick and speedy, just like with regular Nexus devices. You’ll be able to buy the phone right through Google from the Play Store when it start selling next month.

This version of the GS4 doesn’t have CDMA support, but will work on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, including both of their LTE networks. It’s a 16GB version of the phone (with microSD expansion, of course) and ships with an unlocked bootloader, all ready for custom ROM hacking if that’s your bag.

Unfortunately, you’re not going to get a Nexus price to go along with the phone’s software. This special GS4 will be available starting June 26, when it will sell for $650.

Source: Google

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